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The number of children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who have been orphaned or left unaccompanied due to the Ebola epidemic has more than doubled since April, requiring a rapid ramp-up of specialized care in the Ebola-hit provinces of Ituri and North Kivu.

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A mass polio vaccination campaign for more than 3.1 million children under the age of five in Venezuela started today, led by the Ministry of Health, with support from UNICEF and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

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New estimates find dangerous stagnation of global vaccination rates, due to conflict, inequality and complacency

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Campaign led by the Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF and MSF

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One third of children in Venezuela need help accessing basic nutrition, health and education services, according to preliminary UN estimates. UNICEF has been working in Venezuela for almost 30 years. As the country grapples with the impact of a devastating economic and political crisis, we will continue to provide its most vulnerable children, wherever they are, with the humanitarian support they need. Children’s needs must always remain above politics.

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As Ukraine faces one of the world’s worst measles outbreaks, doctors and parents work together to dispel myths about vaccines.

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“My house is always full of female villagers coming for consultations and sometimes just moral support!” says Amina, who lives in Syria and works as a health educator.

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UNICEF warned today that global cases of measles are surging to alarmingly high levels, led by ten countries accounting for more than 74 per cent of the total increase, and several others that had previously been declared measles free. 

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In 2018, UNICEF reached almost all corners of the globe – 190 countries to be exact – to help save children’s lives. We have chosen five stories of success to show how generous support from our donors paired with tireless work from UNICEF staff, volunteers and partners are truly making a difference, for every child.


In late September and early October, UNICEF and WHO partnered together to vaccinate over 160,000 children living in Yemen against cholera, as part of a 6 day campaign in the country.